Dataiku Data Science Studio Review

GUI-based functionality is easy to use, but server up-time needs to be improved


What is our primary use case?

ETL development.

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to Informatica, this tool is extremely easy with its GUI-based functionality and large compatibility with various data sources. Also, maintenance processes are much more automated than ever, with fewer errors.

What is most valuable?

  • Process scheduler (called Scenario).
  • Cloud-based process run, which helps in not keeping the systems on while processes are running.

What needs improvement?

Server up-time needs to be improved. Also, query engines like Spark and Hive need to be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were stability issues.

  • SQL operations, such as partitioning, had bugs and showed wrong results.
  • Due to server downtime, scheduled processes used to fail.
  • Access to project folders was compromised (privacy issue) with wrong people getting access to confidential project folders.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Although known for Big Data, the processing time to process 1.8 billion records was terribly slow (five days).

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate tech support at six out of 10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously worked with Alteryx. I switched for these reasons: 

  • Big Data tools like Python and Hive are already supported
  • Cloud-based processing
  • Better value for money for client.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was done by the IT team from the client's side. No involvement in the initial setup from our side.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Since this was a client-advised tool, no information of costs is available to us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Unfortunately, no.

What other advice do I have?

Easy-to-use tool, but slightly unstable in terms of a few modules. Proceed with some amount of caution and knowledge.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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